What Matters in Jane Austen

January 28, 2013 marked the 200th anniversary of the publishing of Pride and Prejudice. Its author, Jane Austen, is as popular as ever. Pride and Prejudice alone has had at least four film adaptations. A search in the library database Literature Resource Center on Jane Austen yields 843 results. And now this statue of her famous hero, Mr. Darcy, has been erected in Hyde Park, London. Though of course not from Austen’s text of Pride and Prejudice, the statue’s resemblance to Colin Firth in the 1995 BBC production is uncanny. If your interest…continue reading →

Oscar Winners at JTCC Libraries

This Sunday is the 85th Academy Awards. Who are you hoping to see win? The nominees run the gamut from foreign language (Amour) to history (Lincoln, Argo) to musical (Les Miserables) and everything in between. And don’t forget the Virginia connections. Lincoln was filmed right here in central Virginia and Richmond native Michael Gottwald is a producer of Beasts of the Southern Wild. If Sunday’s ceremony has you reminiscing about previous winners, you can find these best picture DVDs at the John Tyler libraries: 2005: Crash 2001: A Beautiful Mind 2000: Gladiator 1998:…continue reading →

Read the Book Then See the Movie

Are you planning on some movie watching over the Winter break? According to Chasing the Frog.com an average of thirty books are made into movies each year. The John Tyler Community College libraries have many titles that have found their way onto the big screen.  Check out some of these items and let us know: Which is better the movie or the book? Coriolanus(William Shakespeare) Betrayal and revenge set in ancient Rome. Perks of being a wallflower(Stephen Chbosky) A coming of age story told in letters to a friend. Great Gatsby(F. Scott Fitzgerald)…continue reading →

The Last King

The year is 1648 and England is wilting under Civil War. King Charles I is beheaded and Oliver Cromwell runs the country. Cromwell’s legacy of ruling without a royal lineage does not last and Charles’ son, Charles II returns to be crowned in 1660. Through political and social upheaval, plague and the fire of London The Last King chronicles the 25-year reign of this Stuart ruler. Sometimes known as the Merry Monarch, Charles II (Rufus Sewell) was as noted for his licentious lifestyle as his restoration of the monarchy.  His mistresses are legend,…continue reading →

The First Grader

The John Tyler Community College libraries are home to a fantastic DVD collection. To entice your interest in checking out one of our videos, I will be occasionally highlighting some of our great movies. In 2003 the government of Kenya announced that it would offer free education to everyone. And everyone means everyone, right? Even if you are 84 years old! But when 84 year-old Maruge (Oliver Litondo) shows up to enroll in the local school he is refused. Maruge desperately wants to learn to read. Moved by his sincerity and passion, a…continue reading →